Maureen Dowd

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House speaker Nancy Pelosi, above, told her party members to refrain from targeting each other on Twitter, and criticised any attacks on moderate Democrats, many of whom are facing re-election battles. Photograph: Erik S Lesser

Nancy Pelosi received praise from unexpected quarters on Friday. Speaking to journalists as he left for Wisconsin, Donald Trump said he felt Alexandr(...)

US House speaker Nancy Pelosi: “ready for the fight of her life with Trump”. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump have a lot in common. Neither one drinks, yet they have family vineyards. They both love big bowls of ice cream. Their (...)

US president Donald Trump: stumbled out of Iran attack just as he stumbled in.“I didn’t like it. I didn’t think it was proportionate.” Photograph: Saul Loeb

As shocking as it is to write this sentence, it must be said: Donald Trump did something right. He finally noticed the abyss once he was right on top (...)

Trump announced plans for a major firework display at the Lincoln Memorial. ‘Like no one had ever thought of fireworks on the Mall before’- this photo from 2000. Photograph:  William Philpott Reuters

Halloween is sugary. Thanksgiving is fattening and fraught. Christmas is expensive. New Year’s Eve is annoying. Memorial Day is laced with melancholy.(...)

Outgoing French ambassador to the US Gérard Araud: criticised Donald Trump as a whimsical, unpredictable, uninformed Sun King. Photograph: Damon Winter

Washington will miss Gérard Araud, but Gérard Araud will not miss Washington. The capital has too many squirrels, he says, not to mention a squirrelly(...)

Former Texas Congressman and Democratic party presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke: The 46 year old offers the politics of feelings. Photograph: Stephen Maturen/AFP

The heavens part. The light shines down. The rise in the oceans begins to slow. The world is once more bathed in the mystical glow of a messiah. Our r(...)

Michael Cohen, US president Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, testifies before the House of Representatives oversight committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

First there was Ivana. Then there was Marla. Now comes trouble in paradise with Kim. Last fall, Trump cooed that the North Korean dictator wrote him (...)

The last time Joe Biden thought about running for the US presidency, in 2016, he was in a miasma of grief about Beau, his oldest son, who died from brain cancer the previous year. Photograph: Christof Stache/ AFP/Getty Images

It’s a truism in Washington that when politicians say they’re not running so they can spend more time with their families, something else, possibly so(...)

‘Amazon  founder Jeff Bezos has managed to come through a traumatic week inspiring admiration.’ File photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Jeff Bezos understands survival instincts. As a hedge-fund refugee, he conjured Amazon, the world’s biggest store, by tapping into our hunter-gathere(...)

 Katie Hill, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,  Lauren Underwood  and Angie Craig: tracked Mitch McConnell to petition him to have a vote to reopen the government. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/New York Times

After I’d been writing a column for a few years, a male boss gave me a T-shirt depicting the Furies swooping. He didn’t mean it as a compliment. The(...)

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